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Stroke care in Central Eastern Europe: current problems and call for action
Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
© 2012 The Authors. International Journal of Stroke © 2012 World Stroke Organization
International Journal of Stroke
Volume 8, Issue 5, pages 365–371, July 2013
How to Cite
Lenti, L., Brainin, M., Titianova, E., Morovic, S., Demarin, V., Kalvach, P., Skoloudik, D., Kobayashi, A., Czlonkowska, A., Muresanu, D. F., Shekhovtsova, K., Skvortsova, V. I., Sternic, N., Beslac Bumbasirevic, L., Svigelj, V., Turcani, P., Bereczki, D. and Csiba, L. (2013), Stroke care in Central Eastern Europe: current problems and call for action. International Journal of Stroke, 8: 365–371. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2012.00845.x
The Budapest statement of stroke experts of Central Eastern European countries.
- Issue published online: 20 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 13 SEP 2012
- Central Eastern Europe;
- health care;
Stroke is a major medical problem and one of the leading causes of mortality and disability all over in Europe. However, there are significant East–West differences in stroke care as well as in stroke mortality and morbidity rates. Central and Eastern European countries that formerly had centralized and socialist health care systems have serious and similar problems in organizing health and stroke care 20 years after the political transition. In Central and Eastern Europe, stroke is more frequent, the mortality rate is higher, and the victims are younger than in Western Europe. High-risk patients live in worse environmental conditions, and the socioeconomic consequences of stroke further weaken the economic development of these countries. To address these issues, a round table conference was organized. The main aim of this conference was to discuss problems to be solved related to acute and chronic stroke care in Central and Eastern European countries, and also, to exchange ideas on possible solutions. In this article, the discussed problems and possible solutions will be summarized, and introduce ‘The Budapest Statement of Stroke Experts of Central and Eastern European countries′.